Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6 AF-S VR Nikkor Lens Review With Sample Image

A novice photographer chooses a camera with 55-200mm kit lens if he or she is a Nikon lover. This is a compact zoom lens. Nikon 55-200mm is a most popular telephoto zoom lens at a very low price with high performance.

Honestly speaking I m a great fan of Nikon 55-200mm lens. This one is really good for silent wave focusing motor. Here I m  tried to give you a full review of Nikon 55-200mm lens with some sample photos.

Handling & Features of Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6 AF-S VR

As a telephoto lens 335g is quite light than any other telephoto lens. On the other hand, the silent wave focusing motor is good enough. It’s true that the focusing mode is not enough fast than any other telephoto lens. But you can use manual focus in very fast.

A large rubberized grip helps to improve the handling of this lens and it balances well on the Nikon D3000 used for testing, due to its lightweight.

You can use a 52mm filter which is very common filter size. If your body has an autofocus motor than this one is best in cheap price. Nikon provides you Vibration Reduction which is called VR. As you are the nikon user you already know that VR lens performed very well in the low shutter.

Compatibility of  Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6 AF-S VR

It does not work well with FX-format body. But you can use it all DX format body. Especially the cheapest Nikon’s  digital D3000,D40,D90,D60X,D5000 and D3400. so long as you know you’re not really supposed to use the 55-200mm VR on anything other than a DX digital camera.

Specification of Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6 AF-S VR

Focal Length Used on a digital Nikon it gives angles of view similar to what an 85-300mm lens would give on a 35mm film camera
Diaphragm 7 Rounded blades
Close Focus 3.6 feet
Filter Size 52mm
Construction All plastic mount and barrel
Size 2.9″ diameter x 3.9″ long (73 x 99.5mm)
Wight 334.g
Made by   China
Price $150

Pros & Cons of Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6 AF-S VR Lens

Pors Cons
Lightweight Plastic Lens Mount
Good Value Pincushion distortion throughout the zoom range
Vibration Reduction

Performance of Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6 AF-S VR Lens

This one is the leas price telephoto zoom lens in Nikon line up. So what do you want from this least expensive telephoto lens? I m sure that you will get much more than your expectation.On the original version, sharpness is quite good throughout the range, with f/8 or f/11 being the point of maximum sharpness on my sample pretty much across the entire focal length range.

Zooming the lens to 105mm results in very good sharpness in the center and fair performance towards the edges of the frame at the maximum aperture. Finally, at 200mm, sharpness in the center of the frame remains good at maximum aperture and the quality towards the edges is fair. Sharpness is very good across the frame.

Sample photos of Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6 AF-S VR Lens


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Sharif Mishu

Hi, I am Sharif Mishu from Bangladesh. I am a freelance photographer. I've been in photography since 2010. I got my first DSLR in 2013. Since then I learned many things about photography from my friends, senior, and junior. But the internet was the place that taught me the basics of photography. Here at, I'll be sharing useful photography tips.